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News for September, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

Rockstar Posters & Avatars

Posted by adamcs at 01:02. Category: General

Check out the all-new posters section at Rockstar Warehouse, "offering limited-run poster reprints of classic titles from the Rockstar catalog." The prints are available for $15.00 each, and sizes range from 18x18" to 24x36". Rockstar have also released a bunch of new desktops and avatars - the latter of which are now available on our forum.

IV poster
This IV poster (22x28 inches) can be bought for $15.00

Stay tuned for more GTA IV updates. We are expecting new info in October.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Thompson wants Goldberg removed

Posted by adamcs at 14:30. Category: General

Jack Thompson has come to the *cough* crazy conclusion that Tom "Guns don't kill people, videogames do" Goldberg, is somehow based on him. And he's now threatening to block GTA IV's release unless the references are removed.

Goldberg is a shady lawyer who features in one of the two missions previewed by gaming magazines in July. The mission demands that Niko kills the lawyer, and Thompson believes this reference is "threatening his physical safety:"

I have this morning read with interest an article on page 80 and 81 of the September 2007 issue of Game Informer magazine which was generated when, according to its author, Rockstar Games “stopped by the Game Informer offices for an impromptu hour-long gameplay session with the Xbox 360 version of the game."

The showcasing play of the game to Game Informer revealed that the first killing mission of the "hero" of the game, Niko, is to kill a certain lawyer. When Niko comes into this lawyer’s office, having used subterfuge to do so, Niko pulls a gun on the lawyer who says, "that the firm supports the second amendment and that 'Guns don’t kill people. Video games do.'"

…The fact that the lawyer, killed on Niko’s first mission, would bring up video games, makes it clearly a reference to me… This is not the first time Rockstar Games and Take Two have targeted me in this fashion. Take Two references to me as a bisexual pedophile on its corporate website…

You have until five o’clock P.M. this Friday… to inform me that you are going to delete the above references and any other references that could reasonably be construed to be references to me in Grand Theft Auto IV and any other video games that are pending release…

Now you have descended this low - using one of your games to threaten my physical safety… Failure to comply with the deadline… will result in my having to take necessary and proper means to stop release of the game which targets me personally… given the copycatting of violent games…

Oh dear.

Source: GamePolitics.com


Friday, September 07, 2007

Airbourne to feature in GTA IV?

Posted by adamcs at 15:41. Category: General

An article over at gamesindustry.biz is claiming that Australian band "Airbourne" are set to feature in the new Tony Hawk game, as well as the new Grand Theft Auto. Don't take this as confirmed though, Rockstar have stressed many times before that the soundtrack is a work in progress, and that anything there just now may or may not make it into the final version of the game.

"Schnur went on to discuss EA's joint venture music company Artwerk, which has now signed a total of four artists in the past nine months since launch. These include Junkie XL, whose work will feature heavily on the new Need for Speed title, and Jupiter One, based in New York.

"Not only will those artists find telling exposure to key target audiences within EA's own titles, but some will also find themselves as part of other games as well – Melbourne band Airbourne will also be featured in the new Tony Hawk game, as well as Grand Theft Auto IV.

As always, discussion on this news is at our forums.


Minor (new) GTA IV details from GamePro Magazine

Posted by adamcs at 15:23. Category: General

Some new details have emerged in the latest issue of US magazine GamePro. GamePro previewed the same missions we have heard about many times before, so most of these details are minor, and aren't particularly mind-blowing. See for yourself:

  • One of the billboards seen during the demo advertised "Shark Credit Cards," while others advertised "Pirate Music" and "The Whiz" ("The Whiz" is the type of phone that Niko uses.)
  • The HUD is described as "minimalist to its core." There is a mini-map, a "low-key" cash counter, and they say that the HUD in general looks more clean than in previous GTAs.
  • The magazine states that Ammu-Nation no longer exists. A lot of other magazines spoke about new methods of obtaining weapons, but until now, none of them actually confirmed whether Ammu-Nation still exists.
  • The rocket launcher will return (what would a GTA game be without one?)
  • One of the female pedestrians screams "this s*** is bananas!" from her vehicle.
  • A fare meter appears on-screen as soon as Niko enters a cab, and the camera pans around it as it drives.
  • The little green guy on crosswalks is crisp and clear.
  • Clothing in GTA IV is described as "customizable, and also realistic." So no more leopard cowboy hats we presume?
  • On shooting, the magazine states that: "the cover system borrows elements of Gears of War, and Rainbow Six: Las Vegas." It also says that "the aiming is a Resident Evil 4, over the shoulder style."

Thanks to ryuclan for taking the time to summarise the article. For discussion on this preview, visit GTAForums.


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